Ajax manager Ronald Koeman’s days at the Amsterdam ArenA may be numbered as the club struggle to qualify from the group stage of the Champions League.

Ajax look a shell of the team that reached the semi-finals of the competition a year and a half ago, with repports that the recent sale of Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Juventus widening the gulf between Koeman and Ajax technical director Louis Van Gaal.

The sale of Ibrahimovic against the manager’s will and the midweek thrashing by Bayern Munich, prompted criticism from the former Dutch captain who stated this was the best his team could do with the resources available.

Attempts to sign a replacement forward fell apart when Roda JC’s Arouna Kone failed a medical with a heart complaint.

With the transfer window closed until the new-year the Dutch champions may soon find domestic form their only priority. Six-points are essential from their back-to-back ties with Maccabi Tel-Aviv if they are to maintain any hope of reaching the knock out stages.

Should the former Barcelona player leave Ajax he would surely join the host of names connected with the Real Madrid position.